France out of Mali! No Blood for Oil!
Yeah, actually I'm all for France's war of choice in Mali. They are fighting Taliban-like, al-Qaeda sympathizing elements in the country. So, killing as many of them as possible is a good thing.But don't you find it, I don't know, ironical that when France intervenes in the internal affairs of a country that none of the usual suspects come out and protest?
Wall Street Journal:
On Friday, France sent fighter jets and special forces across the vast desert north of Mali, reversing an eight-month-long stalemate between the former French colony and the fundamentalist rebels who overran Mali's north last year. French forces had focused on regaining control of Konna, which had fallen into rebel hands last week. French and Malian officials have described this small town in central Mali as a strategic gateway for a possible rebel attack on Bamako. Over the weekend, fighter jets from France attacked targets deep in northern territories controlled by Islamist groups, notably the large city of Gao near the front. The French also targeted sites along the border with Mauritania, as well as Kidal, a remote trading post near Algeria.Again, I'm all for this. It's better in my book to let other people put their lives at risk for goals that benefit us. The real question, though, is whether the French tactics will work? Whether limited French airstrikes will be enough? This is France.
ISTR a few years ago a French unit opening fire in sketchy circumstances somewhere in Africa, killing a number of civilians, and the "international outrage" rated about 2/10 and lasted five minutes.
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President of France.
"As far as France is concerned, you're right." Rush Limbaugh
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Posted by: grego at January 14, 2013 12:42 PM
Boots on the ground win wars. Certainly when the air force being used is French there is no chance of victory. When is the last time they won? Austerlitz?
Posted by: Agesilaus at January 14, 2013 02:09 PM
Meanwhile, in the real world the business about Saddam was in fact about French attempts to attain leverage over Mid-East oil supplies. I guess its a surprise to most Americans but you actually were fighting a war with a French proxy. aside from millions of tonnes of junk and AK47s from the USSR Iraqs main armourer was France. All Saddams modern (post USSR) weapons were from France. Shedloads. French armour (tanks and ICVs) French artillery, French fighters, French bombers. At the defeat of Saddam France was still owed billions in in un-paid arms bills.
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Posted by: Hoosfoos at January 14, 2013 09:11 PM
Says I hate Germans.....er....as anyone here who has read my comments will know I love Germany and loathe only Britain, where I'm for the moment stuck. Berlin is paradise. But hey, he loves the French and he hasnt even been there. Part of my case against the French is how much the Germans detest them. I trust their judgement. French behaviour as visitors is detestable.
Says I hate East Europeans...what the feck....what the hell is he talking about. My girlfriends included a Russian and a Hungarian.
Says I hate Argentina....er...what the feck is this wanker on? What the feck has Argentina to do with anything? What, is it the Falklands?
Says dont comment on things that dont concern me...so if he abided by that hed say nothing, as hes probably never set foot outside North America. Going to Mexico aint seeing the world.
And as for "speaking for Rusty" I dont think its a wild surmise to anyone who reads what he thinks to guess that he doesnt speak for neo-NAZI dickheads who usethe term "zioshit"
Come over here, weve got real skinheads. And the police like smacking their heads in.
Posted by: Axel at January 14, 2013 09:13 PM
Nah, cant be, even Grey Rooster wouldnt write "...the surprise the Somali War lords gaveare Marines in Mogadishu..."
Its "our marines" dickhead.
Posted by: Axel at January 14, 2013 09:19 PM
Duh Axel. How does your foot taste? Wanker.
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